WANDERING VICTORIA

Ellie Adams
Sometimes in life, I go through stages with my style (and I'm not talking about the denim crop top and flares ala Britney in the 90's because that wasn't a stage, that was a f*cking bloomin catastrophe). I'm talking, sometimes I feel a bit girly with a rocky edge - basic bitch way of saying a tea dress with some biker boots - and sometimes I feel a bit more classic and parisian chic - basic bitch way of saying a blazer and breton stripes. And sometimes, I just completely ditch trends and fangirl over colour palettes, and that's exactly what I did in today's post (and for around the last 2months...).

Blush pink - and not Barbie pink - is a colour I've always loved but for some reason, doesn't feature so heavily in my wardrobe. I think it's because my usual suspects (i.e ASOS, Primark, River Island etc.) haven't seemed to invest in the colour so much but I'm hoping that's something that'll change over the next few months as I've discovered that blush pink, burgundy - yes I'm still fangirling over burgundy and no I'm not sorry - and neutral tones are my thing.

And when I say my thing, I mean, something that I've been enjoying for more than a day #ThickleBloggerSays.

So off to Victoria it was - which by the way, is potentially the most underrated Instagram-worthy area in London - to shoot this look amongst the dreamy, monochrome, pillared houses. And take all of the Instagram shots, obvs...
So, the bag is a little Chloe-esque purchase from none other than the mothership that is Primark. As soon as I saw it with it's stunning black, burgundy, khaki and cream tones and the (suspiciously) Chloe Marcie-like pattern, I knew it had to be mine.
Those boots, are a permanent feature in my daily wardrobe - as well as my Instagram, Youtube and previous posts - and that's not due to change any time soon. I am utterly obsessed with the shape, heel height, moc croc pattern and colour of these boots and seriously think they go with absolutely everything. At least, I hope that they do because I wear them with absolutely everything.
Finally I finished off with these beautiful Chlobo rose gold bracelets which featured in my previous post - with a full rambly write up - and they too, haven't left my body since receiving them either. I adore Rose Gold at the best of times but think that it goes especially well with the warm rose/blush shades.
Photography by Joe Galvin

Blouse: River Island (sold out, similar here)
Trousers: ASOS
Blazer: Baukjen
Boots: River Island (sold out, similar here)

So that brings me to the end of my Victoria stroll and fangirling over boots, blush, buildings and all things superficial suitably Instagrammable. It was such a nice shoot in the golden hour - that glow though - even if it was freezing (yes I'm talking about the weather again) and my hands turned a not very pinterest worthy shade of blue.

I'd love to know if you've seen any amazing blush/burgundy pieces that I obviously "need" in my life. Where is your favourite place to shop right now? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

THE EVERYDAY DETAILS

I think when you're a fashion - and beauty - blogger, not only are you blessed with lots of lovely deliveries of things to try out and wear, but you're also constantly surrounded by new trends, so much inspiration (in real life and on Instagram/Pinterest/[insert your own choice of perving material, social media platform here]). So, there are always little accessories I'm trying out, but more often than not, there are always little pieces that just never leave my hands/face/body and these little everyday details are what I'm talking about today.
Happiness Boutique rose gold rings
Happiness Boutique rose gold rings
Happiness Boutique rose gold rings
Happiness Boutique rose gold rings
Rings. Midi rings, stacking rings, statements rings... I've always been a fan. But I feel like recently I've discovered my jewellery style a little more and dainty, delicate, rose gold pieces have definitely become my go-to's. Alongside my Gemporia rose gold stacking ring which I've worn every single day since receiving it, I have been adoring an index finger ring and this is where the Happiness Boutique comes in. The first option is the Geometric triangle ring; a simple but really stunning triangle ring that just looks so chic and stylish and works well amongst other rings. I have been alternating this and the evil eyes ring which again, I adore and would honestly struggle to pick a favourite. Both are made of titanium and dipped in rose gold so whilst they're not ones that can really be left on all the time - I found that after a few baths the triangle ring has gotten slightly darker and less vibrant in colour - for £14, they're such a bargain and the perfect, chic and stylish piece. The Happiness Boutique are very kindly offering you lovely lot 10% off too - up until February 7th - with the discount code theellenextdoor (they also have free shipping too so a fab deal!).
Chlobo rose gold bracelets
Chlobo rose gold bracelets
Chlobo rose gold bracelets
Next up, we have bracelets. Now, these are a recent addition to my jewellery box but ones that haven't left my wrist since I got them. All three of these bracelets are from Chlobo and are so perfect for stacking together or with other bracelets (which always reminds me of being 16 with 20 billion bracelets up my arms). I have the Mini Live love life braceletHamsa hand bracelet and the mini noodle star bracelet all of which are rose gold plated on sterling silver and look so gorgeous. Sometimes I feel like charm/stacking bracelets can be a bit of a statement, but I love that these are so subtle with really gorgeous, delicate details. The perfect stacking bracelets to make you feel a bit more glam but in a really subtle way.
Dogeared gold necklace
Ahhh, Dogeared. One of my absolute favourite brands that not only make the most gorgeous pieces, but are also such a nostalgic brand for me. I first discovered the brand when LC (i.e Lauren Conrad, and if you didn't know that already then I'm sincerely sorry that your teen years lacked The Hills!) sported one of their necklaces and I have been obsessed ever since. The necklace above - styled gracefully alongside my goosebumps because oh my god it's freezing in the UK right now... - is the Dogeared gold Y necklace and I adore it. I know I've said this about everything mentioned today, but I really haven't taken this off since I got it. An absolutely gorgeous, delicate gold necklace that just looks so simple and chic and works particularly well with a v neck tee. So much love for this necklace and it definitely won't be leaving my neck for a long time!
Tom ford spanish pink
Tom ford spanish pink
Another everyday detail has to be Tom Ford Spanish Pink lipstick. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a huge lipstick lover meaning that I do tend to change things up extremely often, but this is the lipstick that I always come back to. A gorgeous peachy pink, really moisturising but also relatively long lasting lipstick that really brightens the face and never fails to look fresh and pretty. If you've been around these parts for a while, you'd have heard all of this crap/shit/waffle/rambling/fan girling raving about the lipstick before (so apologies for being the bore of the century!) but I really couldn't recommend it enough.
Jo Malone Orris and sandalwood
Jo Malone Orris and sandalwood
Jo Malone Orris and sandalwood
My final everyday detail is something so darn exciting and that is the Jo Malone Orris and Sandalwood fragrance. It's a new cologne launch from the brand - in stores from January i.e out right now! - and is absolutely stunning! With a top note of Violet, heart note of Orris and base note of sandalwood, this is a gorgeously sweet but also woody and floral fragrance which I am fully obsessed with. A full review is coming soon so if you love Jo Malone as much as I do, keep an eye out for that!

So that brings me to the end of my everyday details/"hey girls, here's my favourite bling, lippie and perfume of late" post. I always really enjoy these kind of posts where I can go into a little more detail than in my OOTD's/style posts. Each piece is something that I absolutely adore and I hope you do too because you will no doubt be seeing them in my posts for the foreseeable future ;)

I'd love to know what your current favourite jewellery brand is? What details do you wear on a daily basis? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

THE BEST OF BECCA COSMETICS

After receiving such a lovely response from my Urban Decay brand focus post, and thoroughly enjoying fan girling writing the post myself, I'm back today with another "Oh my god guys this brand is so bloody great and you need everything and sorry for your bank balance" type post. But seriously, today's brand is pretty darn special and I am so excited to share it with you.

So, let's talk about Becca Cosmetics. A brand that I've known about for years but has slightly gone under the radar for me. I knew they had "some kind of shimmery skin perfector that Sam from Pixiwoo loves" but I didn't know enough. After going for the most gorgeous Afternoon tea with the brand last October - eek, was it really that long ago? Slow down please, time! - and talking to the lovely PR's and Brand makeup artists, I got such an insight into just how incredible the brand is, so I'm so excited to bore you all to death/fan girl/rave/stalk tell you about the best of Becca!
Becca Lowlight/Highlight palette
Becca Lowlight/Highlight palette
Becca Lowlight/Highlight palette
Becca Lowlight/Highlight palette
I'm usually one for saving the best til last. I'm also usually one for being more impatient than a 2 year old so we're kicking off with the big guns today. This palette, in short, is a highlight and contour palette. It contains the most stunning velvety smooth, almost creamy highlight shade that looks very natural but can also be built up for a more nighttime look too. Alongside this is the most perfect contour shade that's not too ashy, not too orange and is dark enough to make a real difference, i.e turns you from looking like a potato into Cheryl Cole (kinda... well, not really, but still... ) It's just absolutely stunning and due to the tones and quality of the powders, really is the perfect contour duo.
BECCA Backlight Priming filter
BECCA Backlight Priming filter
Backlight Priming filter
Now this product really is special (Yep, I'm referring to a primer as special. What you saying about my priorities, huh?) But in all seriousness, the Backlight primer is said to act as an instant filter, creating a diffused, soft focus radiance that blurs imperfections and allows your skin to catch the light in the most gorgeous way. And you know what? I have to say that it does all of those things. Firstly, it really does extend the wear of my foundations helping it to the last throughout the majority of the day. It also just gives the most stunning but natural glow to the skin that makes you look as if you've eaten your 5 a day (10x over) and drunk all the water in the world. Healthy, glowing, lit from within skin... I'll take that!
Becca mineral blush lantana
Becca mineral blush lantana
Becca mineral blush lantana
Becca mineral blush in Lantana
Ok, first things first, you are forgiven for thinking that you would never use this blush if your life depended on it, that's exactly what I thought when I noticed how scarily neon looking it was in the pan. However, this blush ladies - and guys - when dipped once into the pan and then still tapped off a bajillion times, creates the most stunning, natural "I've just been outside in the cold walking my non-existent dog" kinda glow that just looks so fresh all year round. Honestly, this has become an essential in my makeup bag now.
Becca Ombre rouge eye palette
Becca Ombre rouge eye palette
Becca Ombre rouge eye palette
Becca Ombre rouge eye palette
Becca Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette
I was introduced to a lot of these Becca products at the most stunning Afternoon tea at The Langham hotel - a whole other Pinterest-worthy story which I'll no doubt review at a later date - and I have to say, this palette was one that I went a little crazy for when it was put out next to my gluten free salmon belini's and cakes and all things good in the world (Oh god, I've got myself started on cakes now #TheSlothNextDoor) But seriously, from the get go this was on my "I think it might be love" list and believe me, it still is now. The ombre rouge palette is the most stunning mix of (predominantly) warm toned and some cool toned matte neutrals. Now, they are matte, but I have to say I detect the very slightest sheen to them which just makes them apply so gorgeously and look even more natural. The palette, much like Becca as whole, is made to sculpt and enhance what you already have and I love that about this palette. I honestly don't think anyone could dislike, the most versatile/"works for everyone and any occasion" product.
Becca shadow and light brow mousse
Becca shadow and light brow mousse
Becca shadow and light brow mousse
Prior to using this brow product, I was a Makeup Revolution Brow arch addict that was stuck in the crayon comfort zone. As someone who has the "brows on fleek" skills of a two year old, the thought of using a mousse was one that terrified me - I mean, slight exaggeration but still, I thought I'd be awful with it - but oh my goodness am I the biggest convert. So, the shadow and light brow contour works by having a gorgeous mousse consistent to shape, fill in the brows etc. and the most stunning creamy iridescent pink cream that works as a brow highlight. Both products paired together result in perfectly sculpted but natural brows and I seriously can't get enough. I'm not sure it's possible for my brows to be "on fleek" but they are as fleek as my brows could possibly get.

P.S I 100% hate myself just as much - scrap that, 10x more - than you for using the word "fleek" in a blog post, I promise to never do it again!

And that brings me to the end of my "Best of Becca" edit. I have to say, Becca are one of those brands that really can do no wrong. No dud products, no products that are slightly pointless... everything works to naturally enhance what you have in the most stunning way. But these are my bae's top 5 favourites.


I would love to know what your favourite products from Becca Cosmetics are or if you've ever tried the brand before? Any new recommendations? I would love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx
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